Boston Celtics’ forward Gerald Wallace was a feared defender and more-than-capable scorer but has seen a rabid decline in recent years, culminating in one of the least productive years of his career last season.
The Celtics are hoping Wallace has something left in the tank, according to Lang Greene of Basketball Insiders.
The writing is probably on the wall for Wallace who endured the worst season of his career last season. Father Time has come calling. But with two-years and $20.2 million remaining on his current deal the Celtics are hoping there is still life in Wallace’s aging legs. Guys who play the game with reckless abandon often suffer the biggest declines when their careers start heading downhill. It appears Wallace is the next to be added to this list.
Wallace averaged just 5.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals in 24.4 minutes per game while shooting 50.4% from the field, 29.7% from beyond the arc and 46.5% from the free throw line. He played in 58 games. Wallace, a former Alabama Crimson Tide star, was drafted by the Sacramento Kings with the 25th-overall pick in the first round of the 2001 Draft. Wallace has since played for the Kings, Charlotte Hornets (then-Bobcats), Portland Trail Blazers and Brooklyn Nets, who dealt him to the Celtics last year in the Paul Pierce/Kevin Garnett. In his 13-year career, he’s put up 12.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 47.0% from the floor, 31.2% from three and 71.0% from the foul line.
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